Pat's Knitting and Quilting
June 30, 2012
Very quick (mostly pictures)post - The Tour de Fleece starts today and here are my plans...
I want to use this time to spin enough for a sweater, but I didn't have enough of any one fiber, so I mixed and matched ingredients to put through the drum carder and created 20 1 ounce battlings :))
To which I added Merino, BFL, Polworth, Louet 50/50 Cashmere/Silk, Bast Bamboo, 50/50 ASU merino/silk, and BMH Magenta Silk. Here are the ingredients for each little batt.
all divided into 1 ounce baggies
drum carded battlings ready to spin...
I will only spin 1-2 ounces/day and should easily have this spun by the end of the tour - maybe even have time to sneak in some other fun spinning!
Gotta go spin my ounce for today because we are headed to Manchester this afternoon to see James Taylor tonight :))
June 25, 2012
I started this scarf in May of 2010 so it is a 2+ year WIP - I let it languish for months at a time and then brought it out of hiding for awhile only to let it slide back into oblivion again. A few weeks ago, I joined the TTL Mystery Lace Shawl KAL and decided that in order to start that project, I needed to finish Peacock! Now there was an actual time limit since I didn't want to get behind on the Mystery clues. Despite many last minute problems - I DID IT!!! Yahoo!
This is where is started 2 years ago - gorgeous Suri Silk sent from Jody at Hubbert Farms - felt like I was spinning my own hair - spun a very loose 2 ply - so shiny and gorgeous. If you click the lower right picture you will see the amazing halo on this yarn.
I've never met a Nancy Bush pattern that I didn't love!
Pattern: Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
But it didn't come without hardship - from 7 stitch nupps all along the way, to major surgery at the end. I completed the top edging of the scarf and grafted all 81 stitches . Celebrated finishing it and held it out to admire and instantly got sick - I quickly recognized that the 2 ends didn't match at all - not even close! I had done the entire top edging in stockinette lace and it was supposed to be in garter lace. I truly felt ill and my instinct was to just let it go - forget it - I had been with this scarf too long already, but I didn't do that. I won't go into all the details, but I was unable to unravel and my only option was to cut it off, knit another edging (had JUST enough yarn) and reattach. DONE!!!
It was worth it :)
and since I spent so much time on nupps, I want you to see them :)
Not a great blocking job on the side edges - I was way too impatient to put the wires through all those tiny holes - may have to do it again....or not.
June 11, 2012
One of my knitting rules is that if I buy a book, I have to knit something from it. I bought Norwegian Handknits a few months ago and just made the Cross-Country Ski Hat - my favorite hat - so far.
Started with this gorgeous Polworth/Silk Fiber from FatCatKnits Mixed Blessing Fiber Club in Brad and Angelina. I just love these 2 colors together - such rich beautiful contrast!
Spun into a regular 3 ply worsted weight yarn
This man needs a shave!
Pattern: Cross-Country Ski Hat from Norwegian Handknits by Sue flanders and Janine Kosel
Here is a peek inside to the handspun cashmere lining - I doubled up 2 leftover fingering weight balls and used every tiny little bit ending with several rows of Angelina blue.
I knit the lining 1st using a provisional cast on and picked it up at the top of the cuff. Below is the full inside view.
The braided tassels are 10 strand fishtail braids - new to me - easy and I really like them!
All ready for the coldest days next winter...
Lots of fiber prep happening here - along with finishing up of old WIPs so I can have a clean slate going into the Tour de Fleece in a few weeks! I'm also sneaking in a Through the Loops Mystery Shawl KAL and have completed clue 2 :)
June 1, 2012
A fun little weaving project - I used the same warp to make 2 little bags - one from leftover neutral wool and the other from leftover handspun. They are very thick and squooshy due to the tight weft-faced weaving - no need for liner at all.
Front and back of the neutral bag (as always, click pic for bigger)
sneaking this in because I love "on the loom" pictures
Pattern: Pleasing Proportions Bag from Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson
Handspun bag happens to fit my Kindle perfectly :)
A close up of the straps - I used some suede leather cord (mixed with yarn) in the braid for stability - I LOVE the look of these braided straps!
Fun just to do something totally different!